If nobody is with us, we might watch something arty—there are marvelous channels of opera or concerts—then go to bed and read.
The city of Liverpool, on the west coast of England, always suggests to me some heroic old warhorse of an opera.
He would sit alongside one of those old tube radios, listening to opera.
We both like to travel and go to the opera and bike so having kid would definitely put a kink in our lifestyle.
Keith Miller was headed for an enviable position in the NFL--until the velvet-voiced gridiron star was serenaded by the opera.
All was reconciled and settled; Viola had her way, and selected her own opera.
It was the night you and the folks went to the opera with the Oldakers.
His second opera, Rogneda, is already a falling off from the first.
Could—could Mr. Hynes have gone to the opera just because he had heard that I would be there?
The final chorus of the opera is as light and bright as the first.
"a drama sung" [Klein], 1640s, from Italian opera, literally "a work, labor, composition," from Latin opera "work, effort" (Latin plural regarded as feminine singular), secondary (abstract) noun from operari "to work," from opus (genitive operis) "a work" (see opus). Defined in "Elson's Music Dictionary" as, "a form of musical composition evolved shortly before 1600, by some enthusiastic Florentine amateurs who sought to bring back the Greek plays to the modern stage."
No good opera plot can be sensible. ... People do not sing when they are feeling sensible. [W.H. Auden, 1961]As a branch of dramatic art, it is attested from 1759. First record of opera glass "small binoculars for use at the theater" is from 1738. Soap opera is first recorded 1939, as a disparaging reference to daytime radio dramas sponsored by soap manufacturers.
"a work, composition," especially a musical one, 1809, from Latin opus "a work, labor, exertion" (source of Italian opera, French oeuvre, Spanish obra), from PIE root *op- (Germanic *ob-) "to work, produce in abundance," originally of agriculture later extended to religious acts (cf. Sanskrit apas- "work, religious act;" Avestan hvapah- "good deed;" Old High German uoben "to start work, to practice, to honor;" German üben "to exercise, practice;" Dutch oefenen, Old Norse æfa, Danish øve "to exercise, practice;" Old English æfnan "to perform, work, do," afol "power"). The plural, seldom used as such, is opera.